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Bulldogs Continue Nine-Game Road Trip

March 31, 2014 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Hamilton Bulldogs News Release

The Hamilton Bulldogs continue their season-long, nine-game road trip this week with visits to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma and Grand Rapids, Michigan.

On Wednesday, April 2nd, the Bulldogs will take on the Oklahoma City Barons (American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers) at Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma at 8:00 p.m. ET. The game will be the second and final meeting between these teams this season and Hamilton's first visit to OKC in 2013-2014.

On Friday, April 4th and Saturday, April 5th, Hamilton will go up against the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings) at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 7:00 p.m. ET starts on both nights. The matchups will be the third and fourth between the 'Dogs and Griffins in 2013-2014 as well as Hamilton's only two stops in Grand Rapids this season.

THIS WEEK'S GAME SCHEDULE / BROADCASTS (All times Eastern)

Wednesday, April 2nd at Oklahoma City Barons, Cox Convention Center, 8:00 p.m. - AM 900 CHML (7:30 pre-game)

Friday, April 4th at Grand Rapids Griffins, Van Andel Arena, 7:00 p.m. - AM 900 CHML (6:30 pre-game)

Saturday, April 5th at Grand Rapids Griffins, Van Andel Arena, 7:00 p.m. - AM 900 CHML (6:30 pre-game)

BULLDOGS AT A GLANCE

Record: 30-33-1-4, 65 points ... Home: 14-18-1-3, 32 points ... Road: 16-15-0-1, 33 points ... Standings: T-4th North Division, T-12th Western Conference ... Last 10 games: 5-5-0-0 ... Longest winning streak: 6 (December 26th - January 10th) ... Longest losing streak: 6 (November 2nd - November 15th) ... Leading scorers: F Martin St. Pierre (64 GP 10-34-44), F Sven Andrighetto (56 GP 15-24-39), F Mike Blunden (61 GP 16-16-32) ... Goaltenders: Devan Dubnyk (6 GP 1-4-0, 3.49 GAA, .884 Save %, 0 SO), Robert Mayer (26 GP 9-14-2, 2.83 GAA, .906 Save %, 0 SO), Dustin Tokarski (38 GP 19-15-2, 2.44 GAA, .917 Save %, 1 SO), ... Power play - Home: 20-for-159, 12.6 per cent, 30th AHL ... Road: 20-for-143, 14.0 per cent, 24th AHL ... Overall: 40-for-302, 13.2 per cent, 29th AHL ... Penalty killing - Home: 29-for-167, 82.6 per cent, 17th AHL ... Road: 30-for-149, 79.9 per cent, 22nd AHL ... Overall: 59-for-316, 81.3 per cent, 18th AHL ... Goals for per game: 2.38, 28th AHL ... Goals against per game: 2.97, 17th AHL

OPPONENTS AT A GLANCE

OKLAHOMA CITY BARONS (Affiliation: Edmonton Oilers) - Head Coach: Todd Nelson ... Record: 30-27-2-9, 71 points ... Home: 18-11-1-2, 39 points ... Road: 12-16-1-7, 32 points ... Standings: 4th West Division, 9th Western Conference ... Leading scorer: F Anton Lander (43 GP 18-30-48) ... Leading goaltender: Richard Bachman (45 GP 21-17-6, 3.02 GAA, .909 Save %, 1 SO) ... Power play: 67-for-305, 22.0 per cent, 3rd AHL ... Penalty killing: 66-for-304, 78.3 per cent, 29th AHL ... Goals for per game: 3.12, 8th AHL ... Goals against per game: 3.44, 29th AHL ... Last 10 games: 4-3-1-2 ... All-time series: 2-4-1-0 ... Last season: 0-2-0-0 ... This season: 0-1-0-0 ... First-round NHL picks: F Ben Eager (Phoenix, 2002), D Denis Grebeshkov (Los Angeles, 2002) ... Ontario-born players: F Greg Miller (Toronto), F Ryan Hamilton (Oshawa), F Steve Pinizzotto (Mississauga), F Will Acton (Stouffville), F Ben Eager (Ottawa)

GRAND RAPIDS GRIFFINS (Affiliation: Detroit Red Wings) - Head Coach: Jeff Blashill ... Record: 43-20-2-4, 92 points ... Home: 21-11-0-2, 44 points ... Road: 22-9-2-2, 48 points ... Standings: 1st Midwest Division, 2nd Western Conference ... Leading scorer: F Teemu Pulkkinen (64 GP 30-25-55) ... Leading goaltender: Petr Mrazek (28 GP 21-6-1, 2.04 GAA, .926 Save %, 3 SO) ... Power play: 61-for-285, 21.4 per cent, 6th AHL ... Penalty killing: 42-for-291, 85.6 per cent, T-3rd AHL ... Goals for per game: 3.22, T-5th AHL ... Goals against per game: 2.45, 2nd AHL ... Last 10 games: 6-3-0-1 ... All-time series: 36-30-1-2-5 ... Last season: 1-3-0-0 ... This season: 0-1-0-1 ... First-round NHL picks: G Tom McCollum (Detroit, 2008) ... Ontario-born players: F Cory Emmerton (St. Thomas), F Trevor Parkes (Fort Erie), F David McIntyre (Pefferlaw), F Colin Campbell (Pickering), D Ryan Sproul (Toronto)

TRANSACTIONS

March 26th - F Nick Sorkin signed by Hamilton Bulldogs to professional try out contract

INJURY REPORT

D Darren Dietz - Torn hamstring - Out remainder of regular season

F Stefan Fournier - Lower body - Day-to-day

PRACTICE / MORNING SKATE SCHEDULE (Subject to change)

Monday, March 31st: Off day

Tuesday, April 1st: Practice (Dallas, Texas)

Wednesday, April 2nd: Morning skate - 11:15 a.m. (Oklahoma City, Oklahoma)

Thursday, April 3rd: Travel day

Friday, April 4th: Morning skate - 11:15 a.m. (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Saturday, April 5th: Morning skate - 11:15 a.m. (Grand Rapids, Michigan)

Sunday, April 6th: Off day

Monday, April 7th: Travel day

Note: Practices and morning skates are closed to the public, unless otherwise specified.

WEEK-IN-REVIEW (March 24th - March 30th)

Tuesday, March 25th, 2014 - HAMILTON 0 @ TEXAS 4

Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, Texas

Hamilton Goals: N/A

Texas Goals: Justin Dowling (2)*, Taylor Peters, Scott Glennie

Goaltending: Hamilton: Devan Dubnyk (4 GA, 36 SV) / Texas: Cristopher Nilstorp (0 GA, 20 SV)

Power Play: Hamilton: 0-for-1 / Texas: 0-for-2

* - Game-winning goal

Hamilton Bulldogs goaltender Devan Dubnyk made 36 saves, but the rest of the Bulldogs couldn't muster any offence to help him out as the Texas Stars shutout the 'Dogs 4-0 on Tuesday evening at Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas.

Friday, March 28th, 2014 - HAMILTON 6 @ SAN ANTONIO 3

AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

Hamilton Goals: Maxime Macenauer (2), Sven Andrighetto, Greg Pateryn*, Christian Thomas, Jordan Owens

San Antonio Goals: Wade Megan, Matt Gilroy, Jared Gomes

Goaltending: Hamilton: Devan Dubnyk (3 GA, 20 SV) / San Antonio: Michael Houser (5 GA, 44 SV)

Power Play: Hamilton: 1-for-4 / San Antonio: 0-for-3

* - Game-winning goal

Three unanswered third-period goals were the difference for the Hamilton Bulldogs on Friday evening in San Antonio, Texas, as they matched their season high in offensive output in a 6-3 victory over the San Antonio Rampage at AT&T Center. Forward Maxime Macenauer led the offensive charge for the 'Dogs with two goals, while forward Sven Andrighetto, Christian Thomas and Jordan Owens, as well as defenceman Greg Pateryn added singles. Goaltender Devan Dubnyk earned his first victory as a Bulldog, making 20 saves.

Saturday, March 29th, 2014 - HAMILTON 1 @ TEXAS 6

Cedar Park Center, Cedar Park, Texas

Hamilton Goals: Christian Thomas

Texas Goals: Curtis McKenzie, Patrik Nemeth*, Matej Stransky, Hubert Labrie, Brendan Ranford, Mike Hedden

Goaltending: Hamilton: Dustin Tokarski (5 GA, 31 SV) / Texas: Cristopher Nilstorp (1 GA, 24 SV)

Power Play: Hamilton: 0-for-4 / Texas: 1-for-3

* - Game-winning goal

The Hamilton Bulldogs fell behind the Texas Stars 2-0 on the scoreboard and 20-3 on the shot clock in the first period and weren't able to recover as the 'Dogs fell to the Stars 6-1 on Saturday evening at Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas. Forward Christian Thomas scored the Bulldogs' only goal, while goaltender Dustin Tokarski made 31 saves on 36 shots in defeat.

Sunday, March 30th, 2014 - HAMILTON 4 @ SAN ANTONIO 3

AT&T Center, San Antonio, Texas

Hamilton Goals: Louis Leblanc, Mike Blunden, Nick Tarnasky, Greg Pateryn*

San Antonio Goals: Joey Crabb, Matt Gilroy, John Lee

Goaltending: Hamilton: Robert Mayer (3 GA, 29 SV) / San Antonio: Michael Houser (4 GA, 22 SV)

Power Play: Hamilton: 0-for-3 / San Antonio: 1-for-3

* - Game-winning goal

Hamilton Bulldogs defenceman Greg Pateryn scored with 51 seconds to play to cap off a three-goal third period for Hamilton and put the 'Dogs past the San Antonio Rampage 4-3 on Sunday evening at AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas. Forwards Louis Leblanc, Mike Blunden and Nick Tarnasky had the other goals for Hamilton, while goaltender Robert Mayer made 29 saves in the win.

PUCKS AND PAWS

Bring your dog to the game on Saturday, April 12th when the Bulldogs host the Rochester Americans at FirstOntario Centre at 7:00 p.m.! Just $15 gets you and your pup into the game, with $3 from every 'Puck and Paws' ticket going to the SPCA. Call 1-866-DOGS-TIX to get your tickets now.

CAREER FAIR

The Bulldogs will be hosting a career fair for aspiring sports industry professionals on Saturday, April 12th at FirstOntario Centre, featuring a networking event and panel discussion with current sports industry professionals. Just $10 gets you into the career fair from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. as well as that evening's 'Dogs game versus the Rochester Americans at 7:00 p.m. For more information, call 905-546-8175 or email kellin.enslev@hamiltonbulldogs.com.

DOG BITES ON Y108

Catch the next edition of Dog Bites on Y108 on Friday, April 11th when forward Justin Courtnall joins the morning show between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. to discuss all things Bulldogs!

TICKET INFORMATION

Hamilton Bulldogs flex tickets, group tickets and 2014-2015 season tickets are on sale now. Starting as low as $140 for a 10-ticket flex pack, we have great packages available for you to enjoy more Hockey Unleashed! For more information, call 1-866-DOGS-TIX or visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com. Single-game tickets are available at the FirstOntario Centre Box Office, online at www.ticketmaster.ca, or by calling 1-866-DOGS-TIX or 905-529-8500.

2014-2015 SEASON TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Season tickets for the 2014-2015 Bulldogs season are on sale now. Major incentives have been incorporated for potential new and renewing season ticket holders. If a new season ticket holder pays in full in advance, he or she will receive a ticket to each remaining Bulldogs 2013-2014 regular season home game as well as the first round of playoff home games for free. If a renewing season ticket holder pays a $100 deposit toward 2014-2015 season tickets by April 30th, he or she will receive a ticket for each Bulldogs 2013-2014 first-round playoff home game for free. In addition to these great incentives, if a 2014-2015 season ticket holder pays in full by April 30th, he or she will receive complimentary tickets to a 'Chalk Talk' session with Bulldogs Head Coach Sylvain Lefebvre at the Hockey Hall of Fame. For full details on season tickets, visit www.hamiltonbulldogs.com/tickets/season.

2014-2015 FLEX TICKETS ON SALE NOW

Flex ticket packages for the 2014-2015 season are on sale now. Starting as low as $140 for a 10-ticket pack, flex tickets are a great option that allows you to allot any number of your tickets to any regular season game(s), subject to availability. Full pricing is as follows:

Blue section 10 Pack: $140 ($14 per ticket)

Red section 10 Pack: $190 ($19 per ticket)

Gold section 10 Pack: $220 ($22 per ticket)

Blue section 20 Pack: $240 ($12 per ticket)

Red section 20 Pack: $320 ($16 per ticket)

Gold section 20 Pack: $400 ($20 per ticket)

Call 1-866-DOGS-TIX to get your tickets now.

PIONEER BONUS BUCKS TICKET DEAL

The Hamilton Bulldogs are pleased to offer Pioneer Bonus Bucks Holders, family and friends an exclusive 50 per cent discount on 2014 Red Zone seats for any regular season Bulldogs home game! Tickets are subject to availability. To secure your ticket discount, please follow these steps: visit www.ticketmaster.ca/Hamilton-Bulldogs-tickets/artist/806495?tm_link=edp_Artist_Image, select a home game and use the promo code "Pioneer".

SATURDAY FAMILY PACK

For all The New 953 Fresh FM and Maple Lodge Farms Family Night Saturday games, the Bulldogs offer a special ticket and meal combo. For as low as $20, you will receive a ticket, a hot dog, chips and a pop. This offer is valid on purchases of three to nine tickets only. Call 1-866-DOGS-TIX to purchase tickets.

THE NEW 953 FRESH FM AND MAPLE LODGE FARMS FAMILY NIGHT

Every Saturday Bulldogs game throughout the 2013-2014 season is The New 953 Fresh FM and Maple Lodge Farms Family Night, featuring a family-friendly atmosphere and a great value meal program, which includes a chicken dog, a bag of chips and a can of pop for $7, taxes included, available at the Maple Lodge Farms concession behind section 126.

BRUISER'S BUDDIES KIDS CLUB

Do you have a young Bulldogs fan in your life who is also a big fan of Bruiser, the best mascot in the AHL? Then Bruiser's Buddies Kid's Club is for you.

Membership is $15 per child (ages 13 and under) and includes the following:

- 1 FREE ticket per month in the Bruiser's Buddies Section 118

- An exclusive Bruiser's Buddies Kids Club t-shirt

- Invite to a Kids Club ONLY skate with the Bulldogs players

- Official 2013-2014 game puck

- Autographed Bruiser print

- Exclusive Kids Club membership card with 10% discount on Bulldogs merchandise

For more information or to register, contact Brianne Whitty at 905-777-2368 or brianne.whitty@hamiltonbulldogs.com.

BULLDOGS MERCHANDISE

Fans can get all their Bulldogs merchandise during home games at the "Dawg House" store, located behind section 114 on the concourse level at FirstOntario Centre. There are several great items fans can purchase to show off their Bulldogs pride, including hats, t-shirts, jackets, replica jerseys, foam fingers and other select novelty items. All items, excluding jerseys, are on sale with 25 per cent off until the end of the season.

LISTEN LIVE ON HAMILTON'S AM 900 CHML

Listen to all Bulldogs regular season and post-season games live on Hamilton's AM 900 CHML or on www.900chml.com. Veteran Play-By-Play Announcer Derek Wills calls the action for all regular season and post-season games and is joined by Colour Commentator Al Craig for all home games and select away games. Every broadcast on AM 900 CHML features a half hour pre-game show hosted by Rick Zamperin and half hour post-game show hosted by Matt Holmes.

WATCH LIVE ON AHL LIVE

Watch the Bulldogs while they're on the road with AHL Live! Now you can watch all the best hockey action from wherever you are...live on your computer. AHL Live online is the only place where you can catch every game, from every AHL team, all season long! Visit www.ahllive.com for more information.

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